PUHI — Waimea High School’s boys and girls air riflery teams defeated Island School on Wednesday afternoon in Puhi.
Each team’s top five shooters contributed to the teams’ total score. Waimea’s boys totaled a score of 1135 to Island School’s 891. The Menehune girls got 1201 to the Voyagers’ 747.
“I like the range (at Island School) because we can put all the competitors at once. We get to finish early,” said Waimea coach Victor Aguilar. “We were a little concerned because of the rain, and it rained prior to the shooting. We’re happy that we could pull this off.”
The Menehune coach added he was able to get extra shooters some time on the range.
“We let three shoot to get some experience,” he said. “We’ve had some kids do well. It’s (about) trying to get all the cylinders firing, get all eight shooting good. But we pick the top five, which helps.”
Waimea’s Robyn Acob was the school’s best shooter of the day. She recorded a total score of 254 (93 prone, 82 kneeling, 79 standing). Keane Caberto was the school’s best male shooter with 237 (78 prone, 87 kneeling, 72 standing).
“For me personally, I thought it was going to rain on us and we wouldn’t be able to shoot. Also when shooting, it was really windy. So I had a rough time,” Acob said. “So I just had a positive state of mind. Each match, I just try for my personal best.”
Scott Kilcoyne was Island School’s best shooter with a score of 214 (86 prone, 74 kneeling, 54 standing). Aliana Ho was the best among the Voyager girls with 208 (85 prone, 70 kneeling, 53 standing).
Kilcoyne also said the wind made it difficult.
“It was more windy than the last matches. I think that threw off a lot of people,” he said. “I guess I did pretty good. It’s the second-best I’ve done. This is my first year doing air riflery.”
Island School coach Sean Magoun said he just wants to see his shooters perform better week-to-week.
“We have a very young team. Three shooters are returners. Everybody else is new,” Magoun said. “I just want them to grow. I want each match to be better than the last match.”
Waimea will next play at Kauai High School and Island School will host Kapaa on Wednesday. Matches will begin at 3 p.m.